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Ask the Dust

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Ask the Dust is the most popular novel of an Italian-American author John Fante, first published in 1939 and set during the Great Depression-era in Los Angeles. It is one of a series of novels featuring the character Arturo Bandini as Fante's alter ego, a young Italian-American from Colorado struggling to make it as a writer in Los Angeles. The novel is widely regarded as an American classic, regularly on college syllabi for American literature. The book is a roman à clef, much of it rooted in autobiographical incidents in Fante's life. The novel influenced Charles Bukowski significantly. In 2006, screenwriter Robert Towne adapted the novel into a film, Ask the Dust, starring Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell.
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language: American English
date of publication: 1939
genre: novel
narrative location: Los Angeles
characters: Arturo Bandini
follows: Wait Until Spring, Bandini
followed by: Dago Red

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